Friday, December 05, 2008

Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday in Advent
7 December 2008

Mark 1:1-8

“Make ready the way of the Lord…”

This week we look at two of the forerunners of Our Lord Jesus Christ; the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, and the first cousin of Christ, John the Baptist, foretelling of the ministry and suffering of the Lord, as recorded by Mark in his Gospel.

All of mankind shall see the salvation of God, provided through the merits of His Son, Jesus; but we will have to wait for His benefits to be fulfilled in and for us. And why not, we are willing to wait for other expectations in life…a good mate, children, job satisfaction, etc., etc. Why not wait for the Lord? Advent is a season of waiting, a season of penitent expectation. The word advent means preparation or coming, and that is exactly what Christians should do during this pre-Christmas period; we prepare our lives for another visit from His Grace through the Nativity.

The Gospel text for the Second Sunday of Advent, taken from the first chapter of the Gospel according to St. Mark, opens with the announcement by John, quoting from Isaiah 40.3, “…Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”

Our comment is simply this: In your own life, in your own family, in your own community…prepare the way for the Lord…make a place in your life for Jesus, the King of Glory; because no one else can! Only you can prepare your heart to receive Him afresh this coming Christmas season.

In His Name,


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